Visual & Musical Installations Adopt and Adapt Concert Features Jamaica Plain Artists on April 30

In its first live and in-person performance since before the pandemic, the New Gallery Concert Series (NewGal) presents an immersive tour of art and music, exploring themes of adoption and adaptation on April 30. Adopt and Adapt will welcome audiences to take an active journey roaming visual and musical installations at the Longy School of Music. Performances and art installations found throughout the rooms of the historic Zabriskie House are designed to mirror the experience of being adopted-into a family, into a country, into a person's true self-and to evoke resilience, belonging, and empathy. The program centers on the work of three local creators -- Jamaica Plain-based visual artist Sharon Berke and composers Maria Finkelmeier and Jonathan Bailey Holland --who are creating through the lens of their own adoption experiences. A diverse group of artists-including composers Fred Onovwerosuoke and Sarah Hennies, pianist Sarah Bob, cuatro player Fabiola Méndez and her trio, The Fisher/Lau Project, and percussionists Steph Davis and Aaron Trant -- will broaden the concert's theme by exploring the complexities of discovering and adapting to one's true identity.


JP’s Finkelmeier Leading Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Summer Workshops

Jamaica Plain's Maria Finkelmeier is an internationally-recognized percussion performer and educator who will share her artistic vision and spirit with Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum visitors this summer. In a series of public workshops, Finkelmeier will respond to the theme of “Sound Studio” through engaging programing in the Museum’s Bertucci Education Studio. Finkelmeier has been selected as the Museum’s next Polly Thayer Starr Artist Series guest artist. Through the Polly Thayer Starr Artist Series, the Gardner supports artists in the Boston area by providing artists with opportunities to develop artistic experiences and engaging workshops for Museum visitors. The Series allows artists to consider their work within the rich cultural context of the Gardner Museum and the unique legacy of the Museum’s founder, Isabella Stewart Gardner, through a structured three-month collaboration period of thought, exploration, creation, and workshop implementation.